Most geothermal energy wells reach down thousands of feet into rocks or reservoirs, tapping heat deep within the earth to make steam and produce clean electricity. Yet were developers to drill deeper, say 30,000 feet or farther, they could access a much more abundant and constant heat supply — not just near hot springs or volcanoes but virtually anywhere on land. The trouble is that today’s drilling methods aren’t up to the task.
Quaise Energy, a geothermal startup with MIT origins, says it has found a way to unleash the earth’s hardest-to-reach heat resources: by drilling down using high-frequency beams to melt and vaporize rocks. Now, the company will have a shot at deploying its technology in the field.
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